Fast food seems to be the main provider of nutrition for our body these days. The amounts of fast food consumed by children below 14 have increased at tremendous rate from 1980 to 2000. The estimation is that children now consume 10% of their bodies with fast food, and that 10% of fast food contribute to their total energy intake on daily basis.
Compare this to the 2% number of fast food consumption in children in 1980. And for your information, relying on fast food alone won’t meet your body daily requirement of nutrition. The numbers of fast food restaurants have doubled in 20 years and it’s predicted to growth at more alarming rate in the coming years. The reason of this alarming growth rate is due to the bad infestation of fast food restaurants, not only in America, but also in the world.
The fast food giants now also specifically target children in their advertisement campaign too. And now we can see fast food restaurants opening up their branches at public school too. This fast food infestation is believed to be responsible in triggering the obesity and diabetes epidemic in societies. And since a lot of people rely on fast food for their daily nutrition intake its worth knowing the nutritions information that are contained in the fast food.
So let’s get to know well the fast food nutrition information that is currently becoming a part of our daily life. First of all most of the fast food use partially hydrogenated vegetable oil which contribute trans fat to our body. Trans fats are hand-made fats which are made through the injection of hydrogen on unsaturated fat, making it a trans fat. So naturally all fast food products which are made through frying contain a lot of Trans fat.
Research done by feeding monkeys on fast food which contain Trans fat resulted in an increase of the size of bellies of the monkeys. And monkeys fed on unsaturated fat foods which contain the same calories did not show the same increase of size. And the most alarming occurrences are that monkeys fed on fast food show an early sign of diabetes. These Trans fats that are found in fast food have higher probability of causing heart disease than other fats.
Let’s take a look at some of the popular fast food products.
McDonald’s Big Mac and fries
Fat: 12g (per 100g)
KFC two chicken pieces and fries
Considering the amount of fat available there, obviously the best choices for food in fast foods restaurant are the salad and the grilled meat. Be careful with the dressing; make sure you order it in separate cups so that you can control the amount of additional fat that you are going to eat.
Mc Donald Chicken Caesar Salad
Fat: 6 g (per 100g)
Salt: 0.39 g
Subway Veggie Delight sandwich
Salt: 0.5 g
Subway Chicken Savory Sandwich
Salt: 0.6 g
With such a bad infestation of fast food, now you know what to order when your friends or your colleagues or even your families insist on taking you to the nearest fast food chain. New York City have 23 McDonald’s in Manhattan alone and everywhere in hospitals, airports, train stations and eve high schools, so with this fast food nutrition information you are armed with knowledge to order the least poisonous foods for you.
Linda Mie A former obese girl now sharing her recommendations and reviews of various diet methods available out there. Find out her personal twist and tricks on popular diet methods based on her own experiences for quick and healthy weight loss diet. See also her new guide: the fast food 101.
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